Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Blue Christmas

Wondering what to wear in our balmy winter season at all those parties?  Cobalt blue and textured blue were everywhere on the runways.  A reason to rejoice: it's a very flattering color, from the palest of pale skins (me!) to caramel and cocoa skin.  If you are pale or moderately pink, be sure to add some rich bronzer and lip color to avoid fading, although paleness is actually considered attractive this season (yay!).  

Sometimes the holiday happens and everyone suddenly starts thinking "black."  Maybe it's to mourn all that  lost time in the mall?  It's like a wormhole that will brutally suck you through spacetime and torment you with bad Christmas music!  I myself keep putting off my routine trips to the Beverly Center's Sephora and Aveda stores, just to avoid hearing "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and going certifiably insane.  This year, my family and I have decided to forgo presents and donate to charities instead.  Luckily, I can still give a couple presents to myself!   I think striking, texure-y blue is the color of this winter season.  And if you haven't bought yourself a present yet, you could make yourself very happy with these:

Sergio Rossi Sude Pumps $895: a piece of art. 
Or if your budget is a little more modest and your idealism burning a little brighter?
Tiana Hobo Bag by Reveal $165
 What is so amazing about this beautiful peacock-jewel-tone-blue bag?   Not only is it nummy and gorgeous, but the innovative satin fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles!  The leather is vegan, and even the zipper is made from recycled materials. 

Blue satin, daring, touch-me sensuous, and elegant, is all over the red carpet:
It's surprisingly how lavish and flattering the right tone of blue can be in a statement gown.  If you are going to less formal parties, I like a little blue dress like this:
Rebecca Taylor Paneled Silk and Satin Dress $375

This still has that very au courant shiny satin, sexy feeling, but with a more versatile cut and shape.  You could wear this out shopping or on daytime jaunts, but with the right shoes and a pretty deep pink or red mouth this could be a gorgeous little holiday dress.

I wore this vintage blue dress recently for one of my "Amanda Holiday Show" charity performances at the VA hospital.  It's from that era in the 70s when "prairie dresses" and 19th century antebellum touches were beloved:
Wearing a vintage blue dress with white lace I found on Melrose  
I love it as a winter season dress because it feels Dickens-Christmas whimsical and formal while actually being very light, perfect for our warm winter days. Here's a similar blue and white lace dress:
Alice by Temperley Esmeralda Gown $795
This dress could go to a party or for a picnic -- it's ready for anything!

So what about when it's actually cold?  We've had a couple 40-something degree nights when this poor California girl thought she would turn into Frosty the Snowman!  In that kind of frightening fashion emergency, I recommend a stunning coat:
Burberry Coat Fall 2011
The great thing about a classic, tailored coat like this one is that in the 60 seconds it takes to put it on, you have suddenly become instantly polished, like a magic fairy waving her "perfect attired" fairy dust on you.  And coats like these, with faintly military references, never go out of style. 

And what if your little toes are cold too?
Mysuelly Carmen Wedge 345 Euros 

Aren't these just adorable?  There are so many delicious wedges this season, but these are really quite winning, the sort of thing one could add to stodgy, conservative winter outfit and make it suddenly chic.  Also, they actually look comfortable.  The perfect Blue Christmas shoe!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Beauty Within: Meaningful Makeovers from celebrity artist Eric Devezin

 Recently I attended a wonderful event orchestrated by dear friend and kindred spirit celebrity makeup artist Eric Devezin.  He asked me to be one of the judges of the fashion contest -- a serious day of fun!  His "Beauty Within" event provided free makeovers, panels on raising teen self-esteem in age of teen suicide, depression and bullying, and guests ranging from comedians, rappers, dancers, models, celebrity chefs to a mayor.  In addition to providing some serious heart, the event was exploding with cool fashion!
 Red hair is so in this year, if I do say so myself, and I loved the full-on anime-style color on this makeup artist as she prepares her palette!
 My makeup artist Yesenia Avila works her magic on me!  Aaaah.  I love hair and makeup in the morning.  Better than coffee, it brings me from sleepy bear to superwoman powers! 
 Not one, but two stylists pamper my hair!  Regina and Raquel give me serious fluffy barrel curls.  I don't know what I'm thinking here, but it probably goes like this: "Why can't I have this every morning?"
 A young fashion-lover gets some fairy-dust!
 Lots of great performances!
 Me and Yesenia my makeup artist on the red carpet!
 Striking a pose!
 I'm wearing my own fashion collage: pink tutu meets silver sequins meets my favorite hat by English designer Philip Treacy.  Every outfit is better with a hat!
 Fellow redhead hairstylist Raquel Rubin rocks 40's pinup hair and has such a gorgeous smile.
 Red carpet heaven!  You have to drag me away!
 I totally love these Egyptian-style eyes in beautiful starry midnight -- jewel tones and cat's eyes are so this season.
 More Egyptian eyes -- elegant, mysterious, and sexy.
 Rocking feathers!  We've had feather extensions, feather dresses, but these have to the biggest, baddest feather earrings I've seen.
Dance troupe Makadoutious shows us how it's done.

Me on the red carpet with Eric Devezin and some young fashion stars.  Thanks Eric for having me! :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Old Hollywood New Hollywood

Everyone who knows me cannot help but notice my adoration of Old Hollywood -- the glamor, the style, the wit, the charm, the polish, THE CLOTHES.  I grew up watching black and white films and feeling sure that once I turned of age I would enter a world of civilized magic where I could wear a different Adrian costume everyday! 

I cannot help but be completely charmed when modern stars embrace Old Hollywood are a few favorites!


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Celebrating model Isabeli Fontana

Today I will be celebrating Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana.  She has a lush, womanly, Mediterranean-style beauty that is just arresting, reminiscent of the supermodels, of classic Hollywood stars like Sophia Loren and Ava Gardner.
The modern trend for models has been for very young looking, very thin, anonymous girls, who look relatively interchangeable, like convenient clotheshangers in a time of famine.  Why do we as women gravitate towards magazines and fashion shows filled with these girls, so young, so skeletal, so lost-looking? 
 What I love about Isabeli is her charisma and her truly mature beauty, her elegant carnality.  Many of her fashion shoots have a powerful, intelligent, cinematic, very sexy quality that I just adore.